Friday, 24 February 2012 00:01

Business Briefs February 24, 2012

Written by  Lori Helms

Ingersoll, JR join for NASCAR series

Ingersoll Rand, with its North American headquarters in Davidson, has reached a sponsorship agreement between the company's compressed air systems, tools and equipment business and JR Motorsports for the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series racing season.

Ingersoll Rand will be the primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevrolet, driven by Cole Whitt, a 20-year-old from Alpine, Calif., during the History 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 26. The company will also be an associate sponsor of the No. 88 car for 32 races on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.

"Two elements are critical to a team's success — properly servicing your cars in the garage so they're ready to roll on race day, and getting your driver in and out of the pits to protect their position on the track," said Tony Eury Jr., JR Motorsports co-owner and crew chief. "Ingersoll Rand garage and pit tools will help our crews keep our cars running smoothly, so our drivers can chase down the checkered flag."

JR Motorsports and the Earnhardt-Hendrick-Eury ownership nameplate have created a motorsports legacy of their own, dating back more than 57 years. Led by popular drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick, JR Motorsports boasts one of the largest fan bases in NASCAR. JR Motorsports is also based in Davidson.

Whitt is a new addition to the JR Motorsports garage, and will compete alongside Patrick for the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship in 2012. He is an eight-time International Karting Federation champion, two-time World Karting Association Grand National champion, and in 2008, he became the youngest driver to ever win the United States Auto Club (USAC) national championship.

JR Motorsports' garage and pit crews will continue to use pneumatic tools from Ingersoll Rand to improve the performance abilities of their cars throughout the racing season.

"Ingersoll Rand has been supplying pit crews with the most efficient pit tools on the market since the inaugural NASCAR race in 1959," said Bill Dwyre, director of marketing for Ingersoll Rand. "Today, nearly every pit crew team on the NASCAR circuit relies upon the Ingersoll Rand ThunderGun to service their cars, so the sponsorship is a natural fit."

SunEnergy1 notches another solar success

Mooresville-based SunEnergy1 recently completed a 2.4 mega-watt solar installation in Plymouth, N.C., using a ground-mounted system manufactured by Daetwyler Clean Energy of Huntersville.

From start to finish, the project was completed in only 17 days.

"The Daetwyler Clean Energy team has again provided us outstanding support along with a system which strongly contributed to our success," said Kenny Habul, CEO of SunEnergy1.

Habul's company has gained notoriety in the solar energy sector, recently building a six-acre, ground-mounted solar array at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville as well as roof-top projects such as the one for Old Dominion Freight Lines in Thomasville and the massive $27.5 million solar project for Shoe Show Inc., in Kannapolis.

Daetwyler Clean Energy is known in the international renewable energy market as a leading manufacturer of solar mounting (racking) hardware. To learn more about either company, visit www.daetwylerce.com or www.sunenergy1.com.

Call for nominees for diversity 'champs'

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will hold its second annual "Champions of Diversity Breakfast" on Wednesday, April 18, at the Birkdale Golf Club in Huntersville, when awards will be presented for Lifetime Achievement and to businesses that have demonstrated their support and commitment to a diverse workplace.

Last year, Nannie Potts, the first African American and female mayor of the Town of Cornelius, was awarded the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, with McIntosh Law Firm and Duke Energy receiving the business awards.

The public is invited to submit nominations for individuals or businesses that support efforts to attain and inspire diversity through innovation, education and collaboration. Nomination forms must be completed and submitted to Jack Stevens at the Lake Norman Chamber by March 16. Forms are available online at both www.businesstodaync.com and www.corneliustoday.com or at any Aquesta Bank or Aquesta Insurance location. For more details, call Dave Yochum, the Chamber's diversity council chairman, at 704-895-1335.

Harris gets award, but still gives back

Gina Mayes Harris of Mayes Harris Realty in Davidson was honored recently at the Re/Max Carolinas Region Awards Gala held in Charlotte for real estate agents and executives of North and South Carolina.

Harris was named to the Platinum Club for 2011 and placed fifth in the state for individual gross commissions. She lives in Davidson with her husband and two children, and for each real estate sale she makes, Harris donates to the Children's Miracle Network in honor of her clients.

Test financial smarts at four-week seminar

Just how financially savvy are you?

Find out what you might not have learned in any classroom during "Money Management Success," a four-week course at Mitchell Community College's Mooresville campus sponsored by the Small Business Center.

Beginning Tuesday, March 13, and running weekly through April 3, individuals, couples, business owners and managers will learn more about 401(k) investment options, planning for college costs, helping aging parents and enhancing company benefits. Each class will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.

Discussion will also focus on how to structure a business, cover risks, the need for a will and how to select the financial professionals to help you succeed in business.

Registration fee is $45 and includes all four classes as well as a 175-page workbook. To register, call 704-878-3220 and ask for the Money Management Success course, or visit www.mitchellcc.edu.

Adult med practice opens in Mooresville

The husband and wife team of Dr. Jacob Nadakav and Dr. Devina Talwar has opened Harbor Internal Medicine, a new practice in Mooresville. Specializing in the treatment of adults age 18 and older, Nadakav says their practice is uniquely positioned in the area.

"With a new practice, we have the ability to treat patients in an urgent situation without having them wait hours to be seen by a physician, and we are also able to take our time and develop the best treatment plan for those who need a physician who specializes in the treatment of adults," Nadakav said in a recent press release. "Dr. Talwar and I are creating a practice where patients feel like people and not numbers. We know their time is important, and they want to be heard when they have questions or concerns about their health."

Nadakav and Talwar are both board-certified in internal medicine and met during their internal medicine residency program at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. They moved to Mooresville from the Wilkesboro area, where they still volunteer at a free clinic, while also volunteering at Healthreach Community Clinic in Mooresville.

Harbor Internal Medicine is at 478 Williamson Road in Mooresville, across from the Harbor Cove neighborhood. The practice accepts most insurance plans including Medicare, Medicaid, BCBS, UHC, Aetna, Cigna, Wellpath and Transchoice. For more information, visit www.harborinternalmedicine.com or call 704-660-0321.

Center exec tapped for advanced program

The board of directors of the Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center has announced that the center's executive director, Courtenay O'Neil, has been accepted into an accredited business marketing program tailored specifically for experienced professionals in the child care management and leadership field.

O'Neil will participate in a 15-hour advanced program provided through a partnership between Metropolitan College at Johnson C. Smith University and the Directors Leadership Academy of Child Care Resources Inc. The program will integrate key marketing principles, consumer insights, target audience communications and financial management.

O'Neil already holds a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education from the University of Wisconsin at Stout, and a master of arts and instruction degree with concentrations in child development, parent involvement and English as a Second Language from the University of St. Mary's in Minnesota.

Formerly known as the Davidson-Cornelius Day Care Center, the center provides early childhood education and child care on a sliding scale basis for families based on income level. It also offers an after-school program for children up to age seven.

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